1. FOSSIL FUELS:
Why coal stocks didn't get much help from the Supreme Court's mercury ruling
Coal stocks surged this week after the Supreme Court found problems with U.S. EPA's regulations to curb coal plant mercury emissions, but investment experts say most coal plants and electric utilities will see no major benefit from the ruling.
Clinton's emails reveal optimism about climate talks, concerns about media
"Onward!" That's the cheery subject line on the email then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent to U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern just days after the Copenhagen, Denmark, climate change summit in 2009. That private email and a handful of others discussing the U.N. climate change negotiations were made public by the State Department this week under a court order. The missives, covering the period from March to December 2009, are hardly explosive, but they do offer a window into the sensitivity of Clinton, Stern and others in the State Department to press coverage and underscore the seriousness with which the administration appears to have treated the climate negotiations as crunch time in Copenhagen neared.